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Hudson joining Orioles tomorrow

The Orioles will fill up their 40-man roster tomorrow by purchasing outfielder Kyle Hudson's contract from Triple-A Norfolk. Hudson went 1-for-2 with a walk, run scored and two stolen bases tonight while leading off for the Tides in their 2-1 victory over Gwinnett. He's batting .297 with seven doubles, one triple, 11 RBIs and 26 steals in 68 games. It's been quite a climb for

Showalter and Reyes speak after 13-0 loss

It was just one of those nights. The Orioles didn't pitch, they didn't hit and they didn't stay in the game for very long. The Orioles allowed 10 runs or more for the 13th time this season. "We made a lot of bad pitches," manager Buck Showalter said following a 13-0 loss to the Blue Jays. "When you give up 20 hits ... Jo-Jo (Reyes)

Bench-clearing time (Reynolds gets record)

We don't have a brawl at Camden Yards. Just a blowout. Manager Buck Showalter sent up Matt Angle to pinch-hit for J.J. Hardy in the bottom of the seventh, and Angle reached on a throwing error by shortstop Yunel Escobar - and a horrible call by first base umpire Joe West. Jake Fox pinch-hit for Nick Markakis and bounced into a double play. Matt Wieters

Bundy introduced, Reyes torched (O's down 13-0)

The Orioles introduced their first-round draft pick, pitcher Dylan Bundy, to the small gathering here at Camden Yards before the bottom of the second inning. Bundy acknowledge the ovation with a wave of his right hand before disappearing through the home plate tunnel. Earlier today, Bundy talked about how rapidly he wants to reach the majors. He's 18 and fresh out of high school, but

Orioles will receive Strop in Gonzalez deal

According to an Orioles official, the club will receive pitcher Pedro Strop, 26, from the Rangers as the player to be named later in the Michael Gonzalez deal. Strop was 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA in 11 relief appearances with the Rangers this season. He's 0-1 with a 7.24 ERA in 33 major league games spread over parts of three seasons. Strop is 4-4 with

VandenHurk confirmed, quotes from and about Gonzalez

The Orioles have purchased pitcher Rick VandenHurk's contract from Triple-A Norfolk. He's heading to Baltimore and will take one of the openings on the 40-man roster. VandenHurk, acquired from the Marlins at last summer's non-waiver trade deadline for reliever Will Ohman, is 9-13 with a 4.43 ERA, 40 walks and 108 strikeouts in 154 1/3 innings. He's allowed one earned run or fewer in each

Talking about Gonzalez, VandenHurk and more

The Yankees also were involved in trade talks with the Orioles for left-hander Michael Gonzalez, but president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail preferred the pitcher coming back from the Rangers. It's a player to be named later, which means I don't have a name right now. The Orioles knew last night that Gonzalez was going to Texas, which made him unavailable for their 10-inning game

Gonzalez traded to Rangers, Tatum catching tonight (more)

The Orioles traded left-hander Michael Gonzalez to the Texas Rangers today for a player to be named later. They just sent out a press release. The Orioles recalled left-hander Zach Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk to take Gonzalez's place on the 25-man roster. Gonzalez, 33, went 2-2 with one save and a 4.27 ERA in 49 appearances this season. He hasn't allowed a run in 13

Tackling rumors, reports and rules

The Orioles will be facing Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Henderson Alvarez tonight. Let me know if you have a full scouting report. Don't skimp on the details. Jo-Jo Reyes will battle his former team. He's started against the Blue Jays once in his career and held them to one run over seven innings - and lost. I've been asked many times over the last few

Phillips to be recalled

The Orioles are prepared to make a move to expand their roster by recalling left-hander Zach Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk. Phillips will head to Baltimore on Wednesday, but he won't be officially recalled until Thursday. That's when teams can add to their 25-man rosters. Phillips, who's already on the 40-man roster, will accompany the Orioles to Tampa after Thursday afternoon's game. The Orioles acquired Phillips

Showalter speaks after 6-5, 10-inning win

Talk about riding a roller coaster of emotions. The Orioles should be dizzy from the last two innings of tonight's game, which ended with a 6-5 victory on Ryan Adams' walk-off single in the 10th. Kevin Gregg blew the save in the ninth by allowing the tying run, but the Blue Jays left the bases loaded. "I try to dwell on some of the positives,"

Gregg blows save in bizarre fashion (O's win, 6-5)

The Orioles could have given closer Kevin Gregg a bigger margin for error in the bottom of the eighth after loading the bases with one out, but their failure to score meant the right-hander would have to protect a one-run lead. He couldn't do it. And it almost defies explanation. Gregg hadn't allowed a run in his last three appearances since the meltdown in Anaheim,

Guthrie's big-time escape act (Bell injured at Norfolk)

The Orioles tied tonight's game in the bottom of the fourth on Robert Andino's two-out double and Toronto left-hander Brett Cecil's throwing error. The Blue Jays almost untied it in the top of the fifth, and they're still wondering how they botched that assignment. They loaded the bases with no outs against Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie on Eric Thomas' double, Matt Wieters' error and Adam

Guthrie walks Orioles into 3-0 hole (Wieters homers)

Nothing good happens after a walk. Nothing good happens after two walks. Bad, bad stuff can happen. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie issued back-to-back walks to Edwin Encarnacion and Kelly Johnson with one out in the second inning, and Brett Lawrie followed with a 385-foot shot to left field to give the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead. In his last start, Guthrie held the Twins to

Hendrickson will return to 40-man roster (and more notes)

I have a few notes to pass along from manager Buck Showalter's pregame session with the media, beginning with news on left-hander Mark Hendrickson. The Orioles placed Hendrickson on optional waivers today, the same procedure that Troy Patton went through earlier this summer. As I explained back then, it takes two business days to clear and no team will claim him. It's sort of a

Familiar lineup for Orioles

The Orioles aren't making any drastic changes to their lineup, or doing a whole lot of tweaking. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 1B Robert Andino 3B Nolan Reimold LF Ryan Adams 2B Jeremy Guthrie RHP Reliever Jason Berken and his wife, Emily, are the proud parents of a baby girl,

Patton reinstated, Hendrickson DFA

The Orioles reinstated left-hander Troy Patton from the restricted list, placing him back on the 25-man and 40-man rosters. Patton left the team over the weekend to attend a hearing yesterday in Houston related to his DWI arrest over the winter. To make room for Patton, the Orioles once again have designated left-hander Mark Hendrickson for assignment. Hendrickson appeared in one game after replacing Patton,

No trades imminent as another deadline approaches

I woke up this morning with 4,000 Twitter followers. No wonder I didn't get any of the covers. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail told me yesterday that he isn't close to making any deals before tomorrow's deadline for contending teams to set their playoff rosters. You know how things can change with one phone call, so don't read too much into it. However, something

Showalter speaks after 3-2 loss

The Orioles are 15-28 in series finales after tonight's 3-2 loss to the Yankees. New York improves to 29-14. The Orioles have lost their last six games decided by one run at home since a 3-2 victory over the Angels on July 23. Manager Buck Showalter delivered heavy praise to starter Alfredo Simon, who allowed three runs and four hits over seven innings. Buck Showalter

Simon strengthens case for rotation spot (O's lose, 3-2)

Alfredo Simon tied his career high with 114 pitches tonight. The last time he did it? His last start on Aug. 23 against the Twins. OK, he's stretched out to be a starter. Simon can't win tonight, as he left after the seventh inning with the Orioles losing, 3-1, but he deserves a better fate. He held the Yankees to three runs and four hits,

Simon found groove and lost it (updated)

If that headline sounds familiar, I wrote the same one for Brian Matusz last night. Remember how Matusz retired nine in a row in Game 2 before Mark Teixeira singled with one out in the sixth and Robinson Cano followed with a home run? Well, Alfredo Simon retired nine Yankees in a row tonight before Cano singled with one out in the fourth and Nick

Showalter pre-game quotes

In case you missed the sight of manager Buck Showalter's voice, here are some comments from his pregame session with the media. On adding players Thursday when rosters can expand: "I think it's got to serve a purpose, whether it be what the club needs or what the organization needs to make better decisions in the offseason. I know Andy (MacPhail) feels the same way.

A few pregame notes (and Yankees lineup)

First baseman Chris Davis will swing a bat tomorrow down in Sarasota as he begins baseball activities. Jason Berken will head to Sarasota later this week to begin a throwing program after his wife is induced at 6 a.m. tomorrow. He'll hold his baby girl before holding a baseball. The Orioles want Berken to pitch in a few games in September before he comes off

Orioles lineup against Yankees

For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 1B Ryan Adams 2B Nolan Reimold LF Robert Andino 3B Alfredo Simon RHP

This, that and the other

Zach Britton threw 120 pitches in Game 1 of yesterday's doubleheader. That's the most by an Orioles starter against the Yankees since Sidney Ponson threw 128 on June 1, 2004 in New York. One of manager Buck Showalter's biggest peeves is young players who join the club and don't know how to bunt because they've hit in the middle of the lineup in the minors

Post-Game 2 Showalter

J.J. Hardy extended his hitting streak to 11 games tonight. Mark Reynolds has hit in eight straight games, going 13-for-33 (.394). It wasn't all bad. The Orioles lost the nightcap, 8-3, to the Yankees. Brian Matusz gave up three of New York's five home runs, tying his career high, and has lost seven consecutive starts. "He got some balls elevated and had some trouble keeping

Matusz found groove and lost it (updated twice)

The Yankees have hit four home runs tonight to account for all seven of their runs. Three of them came against left-hander Brian Matusz. Their ability to go deep has prevented Matusz from doing the same. He's done after 5 1/3 innings. Robinson Cano just broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth with a two-run shot to left, and Nick Swisher followed with a shot

Orioles take early lead (we're tied, 3-3)

I'm sure it's just coincidence, but the Orioles are 7-1 when Robert Andino plays third base and 9-3 when Ryan Adams plays second base. Mark Reynolds is batting .413 (12-for-29) with a double, triple, three homers and eight RBIs during his seven-game hitting streak. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was a late scratch with a bruised right knee, the result of a foul ball in Game

Orioles Game 2 lineup against Yankees

Adam Jones remains in center field for Game 2 of today's doubleheader against the Yankees. It's pretty much the same lineup except Craig Tatum is catching and other players have moved up a spot. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Mark Reynolds 1B Ryan Adams 2B Nolan Reimold LF Robert Andino 3B Craig Tatum C Brian

Post-Game 1 Showalter

The Orioles shut out the Yankees for the first time since April 19, 2008, when Brian Burres and Jim Johnson combined to blank New York. The Orioles have won six games in a row for the first time since April 2-8, 2008. They haven't won seven in a row since 2005. Down on the farm, Brandon Waring hit his 43rd career home run for Double-A

Britton much better against Yankees (O's win, 2-0)

Remember the last time Zach Britton faced the Yankees? He retired one batter, was charged with six runs (nine total) and seven hits, and put the Orioles in a huge hole in Game 2 of a doubleheader in New York back on July 30. It's been a different story today. Britton is blanking the Yankees on four hits over six innings, with one walk and

Showalter says Yankees' complaints were "disrespectful to Flanny"

Manager Buck Showalter knows that the Yankees are chafed at the Orioles for refusing to schedule a doubleheader on Friday and costing them the Sept. 8 off-day. And he really doesn't care. Showalter spoke calmly today, but he didn't pull any punches while addressing the topic with reporters before Game 1. He also referenced the tragic death of former Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan. "The way

Jones in lineup, Hendrickson in clubhouse

Adam Jones is in the lineup for Game 1. And Mark Hendrickson has replaced Troy Patton on the active roster. Patton went on the restricted list. He has a hearing tomorrow in Houston related to his DWI arrest over the winter. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 1B Ryan Adams 2B

Catching up with Luke Scott

From the Gone But Not Forgotten Dept: Luke Scott flew into Baltimore last night, and boy, is his right shoulder tired. Not really. The shoulder, which needed to be repaired on July 26, is feeling pretty good these days. "My progress is actually ahead of schedule," Scott told me earlier today during a 30-minute phone conversation, most of which had nothing to do with his

Not so calm before the storm

I haven't looked out the window yet, but I don't hear any rain or high winds or lawn furniture slamming against the house. So far, so good. I'll be leaving soon for the drive to Hunt Valley for "Wall To Wall Baseball" with Tom Davis and Dave Johnson that airs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on MASN. I'd be most appreciative if Hurricane Irene

Postgame notes and chatter

Derek Jeter played in his 2,401st game tonight, tying Mickey Mantle for most by a Yankee in franchise history. The Orioles tied their season high with their fifth consecutive win. They also did it May 21-26. The 12 runs tonight matched their season high set July 26 at Toronto. Nolan Reimold is batting .379 (11-for-29) with two triples, two homers and six RBIs during his

Showalter speaks after 12-5 win

The Yankees are furious at the Orioles for not scheduling a doubleheader today. They didn't want to lose their Sept. 8 off-day. They can't be too happy about tonight's outcome, either. "The tack-on runs are always important regardless of who you're playing. But they have so much offense through their order, so it's doubly important," manager Buck Showalter said after his club's 12-5 victory. "I

Wieters' homer extends O's lead (O's win 12-5)

Matt Wieters hit a three-run homer off Yankees reliever Luis Ayala in the bottom of the sixth inning. It's been that kind of night. Wieters has 14 homers and 50 RBIs this season. Alex Rodriguez hit a solo homer off Tommy Hunter in the top of the seventh, and Nick Swisher just added a two-run shot. Still no outs and pitching coach Rick Adair is

Tomorrow's doubleheader postponed

Tomorrow's scheduled day-night doubleheader with the Yankees has been postponed due to expected bad weather related to the arrival of Hurricane Irene. The 1:05 p.m. game will be made up on Sept. 8 at a time to be determined. The nightcap will be played as part of a split-admission doubleheader at 7:35 p.m. on Sunday. Obviously, the first game Sunday will go off at the

Make theirs a double

The Orioles battered Yankees starter A.J. Burnett in the second inning. Mark Reynolds hit his 30th home run with one out in the second, and the Orioles strung together four straight doubles from Ryan Adams, Nolan Reimold, Matt Angle and Robert Andino. J.J. Hardy followed with his 25th home run - breaking an 0-for-29 streak against the Yankees - and Nick Markakis reached on Burnett's

Tribute to Mike Flanagan (updated)

I never expected the New York Yankees to provide a lasting image from tonight's tribute to Mike Flanagan. The entire Yankees team stood outside its dugout, many players with caps in hand, while highlights and photos of Flanagan were shown on the video board in center field. They applauded, along with the Orioles and their fans, at the conclusion before heading back to the bench.

Yankees lineup and a few notes

For the Yankees: Derek Jeter SS Curtis Granderson CF Mark Teixeira 1B Alex Rodriguez 3B Robinson Cano 2B Nick Swisher RF Jorge Posada DH Russell Martin C Brett Gardner LF A.J. Burnett RHP J.J. Hardy is batting .378 (14-for-37) with a home run, two RBIs and eight runs scored during his eight-game hitting streak, but he's 0-for-28 in six games against the Yankees this season.

Injury and weather updates (with update)

Center fielder Adam Jones is still experiencing discomfort in his chest when he swings a bat. He's feeling better after taking yesterday off, but manager Buck Showalter wants to give him an extra day of rest. A postponement tomorrow would give him more time to heal. First baseman Chris Davis, rehabbing his sore shoulder in Sarasota, was pain-free today while performing stretching exercises. He still

Jones still out of lineup

Adam Jones is out of the lineup for the second consecutive game, and he hasn't played a full nine innings in the last four, because of soreness in his chest. Manager Buck Showalter will let us know more around 4 p.m. when he meets with the media. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 3B J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C

Orioles to honor Mike Flanagan

The Orioles have announced their plans to honor former pitcher, coach, executive and MASN broadcaster Mike Flanagan, who died Wednesday at age 59. Beginning with tonight's game against the Yankees, Orioles uniformed personnel will wear a black circular patch with "FLANNY" written in white on their right jersey sleeves for the remainder of the 2011 season. Also, a black banner with the No. "46" in

This, that and the other

I try to put Alfredo Simon in the bullpen and he holds the Twins to one run over eight innings. I try to put Jo-Jo Reyes in the bullpen and he holds the Twins to one run over six innings. That settles it. The Orioles should go with a 12-man rotation. Empty the bullpen. Everybody gets a start. Yankees manager Joe Girardi really wanted a

Pie expected to accept assignment to Norfolk (O's win 6-1)

Orioles outfielder Felix Pie cleared waivers today and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. And while Pie has the right to refuse the assignment, I'm told that he plans to accept it and report to the Tides. Pie would have to forfeit the remainder of the $985,000 salary he's receiving this year, which doesn't make much sense. Pie has to inform the Orioles of his decision

The games go on (Pie clears waivers)

The Orioles are trying to conduct business as usual today. They're trying to complete their first-ever sweep of a four-game series in Minnesota. They're just trying to get through the day and head back to Baltimore. Today's MASN broadcast is more subdued than usual. Jim Hunter and Jim Palmer have referenced Mike Flanagan multiple times, though usually in relation to his work with a particular

Jones out of lineup (updated)

Adam Jones isn't in the lineup after leaving last night's game with more discomfort in his chest that's believed to be caused by a strained muscle. Matt Angle gets his first major league start in center field. Vladimir Guerrero returns to the lineup after being scratched last night. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 3B J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Vladimir Guerrero DH Mark Reynolds

More thoughts about Mike Flanagan (with Flanagan family statement)

The Orioles will play an afternoon game today and the lineup should be posted shortly, but it still doesn't feel like a normal day. Far from it. This team has won three games in a row, has finally won a series, and it seems so insignificant. The news of Mike Flanagan's death knocked the wind out of us. Trying to make sense of it is

No. 46

Nothing that happened on Target Field tonight seems important after the news that former Orioles pitcher, coach, executive and broadcaster Mike Flanagan died at age 59, but I wanted to post the final score while desperately trying to grasp the slightest feeling of normalcy on a night of tragedy and heartache. The Orioles defeated the Twins 6-1 to gain their first series win since June

Tragic news regarding Mike Flanagan

The Orioles have confirmed that the body of former Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan was found tonight on a trail leading to a barn on his Sparks property. He was 59. Flanagan returned to the MASN broadcast booth last season, but he'll always be remembered as one of the greatest pitchers in Orioles history. He compiled a 167-143 record and 3.90 ERA in 18 seasons with

Adam Jones is in the lineup (Guerrero is not)

Adam Jones is batting third and playing center field tonight after leaving last night's game in the second inning and being transported to a local hospital with shortness of breath and mild chest pains. He was right. It wasn't as bad as it seemed. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 1B

Baseball's Iron Man is 51 today

Need another excuse to feel old? Cal Ripken Jr. is celebrating his 51st birthday today. I could have sworn he just caught that line drive for the final out of the 1983 World Series, waving his glove over his head and jogging to the mound to join the celebratory scrum. Now he's 51. Didn't he just acknowledge the crowd's MVP chants during the final game

This, that and the other

Adam Jones was released from the hospital early this morning and tweeted the following: "Back from hospital. Wasn't as serious as it sounded. Glad everything is in order. Appreciate the support and well wishes. Back at it mañana." I'm just disappointed that he wasn't tweeting from the ambulance. We'll find out tomorrow whether Felix Pie cleared waivers and is willing to accept an outright assignment

Quick Adam Jones update (and more)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter, interviewed on MASN2 after tonight's 8-1 win over the Twins, said center fielder Adam Jones left the game in the second inning because he felt weak. Doctors couldn't find a specific cause, and Jones was sent to a local hospital for more tests. It's not known whether he'll stay overnight. It doesn't sound too serious, but any trip to the hospital

Simon simply sensational (O's win 8-1)

Just when I'm convinced that Alfredo Simon should be used as a power arm in the bullpen, he turns in a start like this one. Simon has held the Twins to one run and three hits over seven innings, his only mistake resulting in Danny Valencia's homer in the third. He's walked one and struck out seven. Simon is nearing the end. He's thrown 103

Jones leaves game with illness (O's lead 8-1)

Matt Angle pinch-hit for Adam Jones with two outs in the top of the second inning and struck out. I know the Orioles like Angle, but that's a pretty big responsibility. Batting for the likely Most Valuable Oriole in the second inning? Actually, the Orioles announced that Jones exited because of an illness. Though the Orioles recalled Angle today, Nolan Reimold figures to get most

A little more on Pie, plus Berken and the doubleheader

The Orioles are hoping that Felix Pie clears waivers and accepts an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. Manager Buck Showalter just met with reporters before tonight's game in Minnesota. He talked about the risk of designating Pie for assignment. "The bad side of that is somebody could pick him up or he could become a free agent," Showalter said. "But we got to a point

Pie DFA, Orioles and Twins lineups

The Orioles continued their roster shakeup by designating outfielder Felix Pie for assignment and recalling outfielder Matt Angle from Triple-A Norfolk. Pie has played only once since Aug. 13 and he had a rough day in left field during Sunday's game in Anaheim, losing one ball in the sun and failing to track down two others hit to the fence. He's batting .220 in 85

Case closed with Gregg? (with Fox update)

If we can believe Facebook, Jake Fox is replacing Blake Davis on the 25-man roster. Here's what he posted on his page: "I got the call today. I am headed back to be an Oriole in the morning. I have mixed feelings about going back because I was really looking forward to playing for team USA. Going back to the big leagues takes away my

It's up to the bullpen after Britton (O's win 4-1, Davis optioned)

The Orioles got five innings out of Zach Britton tonight. Now it's up to the bullpen. Britton allowed one run and six hits, with four walks and four strikeouts. He threw 98 pitches, 57 for strikes. That's a lot of baserunners and pitches over five innings, but he was a master at damage control. We'll find out later whether Britton's pitch count was the deciding

Adams announces his presence (so do Hardy and Wieters)

Ryan Adams was officially recalled today and immediately placed in the starting lineup at second base. Adams didn't waste any time making sure he got noticed. His single into center field in the top of the third inning gave the Orioles a short-lived 1-0 lead against Twins right-hander Carl Pavano. The Twins scored the tying run in the bottom half of the inning against left-hander

Adams starting at second base (Berken to DL)

Ryan Adams, recalled today from Triple-A Norfolk, is starting at second base for the series-opener in Minnesota. Robert Andino is starting at third. Mark Reynolds is back in the lineup at first base. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 1B Robert Andino 3B Nolan Reimold LF Ryan Adams 2B Zach Britton

VandenHurk receives International League honor

Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Rick VandenHurk has been named the International League's Pitcher of the Week for the period from Aug. 15-21. VandenHurk tied for the league lead with two wins and 18 strikeouts, and he posted the lowest ERA (0.75) among all pitchers with multiple starts. VandenHurk fanned 13 batters in Game 1 of last Monday's doubleheader against Charlotte. He allowed four hits in six

So what's next?

If you're a fan of the Seattle Seahawks, this tweet yesterday from ESPN's John Clayton (@claytonESPN) should send chills down your spine: "Tavaris Jackson remains the Seahawks starting QB, but Charlie Whitehurst is closing the gap" See you in the Super Bowl. In the darkest of seasons, fans usually can find a sliver of light. I'm just not sure what the Orioles have done this

Another game gets away, Adams joining O's, Bell optioned (O's lose 7-1)

Brian Matusz should have stayed in the team hotel or boarded the charter for Minnesota around noon. Making his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, Matusz needed 50 pitches to get through the first two innings because the defense kept him on the mound. The Orioles had three errors in three innings, none by new first baseman Matt Wieters, who was supposed to

The ball found Blake Davis (again)

You knew it would happen. Blake Davis is making his first major league appearance at third base today. The first ball put in play was a sharp bouncer to Davis. The baseball gods have a wicked sense of humor. The ball took a big hop and caromed off Davis' chest for an error, allowing Maicer Izturis to reach first base. He was erased at second

Wieters starting at first, B. Davis at third, Pie in left

Call off the search. Felix Pie is in today's lineup. Pie is starting in left field, his first appearance since Aug. 13. Matt Wieters is making his first career start at first base. Mark Reynolds twisted his ankle last night in a collision in the 12th inning. I'm not sure whether Wieters is allowed to wear his mask and chest protector. Also, Blake Davis is

Berken returning to Baltimore for MRA

Reliever Jason Berken will undergo an MRA on his right elbow tomorrow in Baltimore while the Orioles' road trip continues in Minnesota. Berken is unavailable to pitch because of soreness in his elbow and he'll go on the disabled list to make room for Zach Britton, who will be activated tomorrow and start against the Twins. Berken is 1-2 with a 5.80 ERA in 35

Starting still in Johnson's future

I woke up this morning and hoped that last night's game was just a bad dream, but I'm pretty sure it happened. I'm pretty sure the Orioles blew an 8-6 lead in the bottom of the 12th inning. I'm pretty sure the game was tied, the bases were loaded and we were still waiting for the Orioles to record an out. Bad pitching, bad defense.

Orioles rally to tie (then blow lead and game in 12th)

The Orioles scored twice against the Angels' bullpen in the top of the eighth inning to wipe out a 6-4 deficit and spare Tommy Hunter the loss. Nick Markakis and Adam Jones singled off reliever Bobby Cassevah, and Markakis scored on Vladimir Guerrero's grounder to short. Buck Showalter meets with Jim Hunter following the O's 12-inning loss Closer Jordan Walden was summoned to get the

Andino's still swinging a hot bat (updated twice)

The Orioles strung together three consecutive singles in the top of the first inning, but they didn't score. That's always a neat trick. Nick Markakis reached on an infield hit with one out. Adam Jones lined a single into left field and Vladimir Guerrero followed with a single to right, but Torii Hunter threw out Markakis at the plate. The Orioles also had three straight

Orioles lineup against Angels

This lineup looks very familiar. J.J. Hardy is atop the order, Vladimir Guerrero is batting fourth and Robert Andino stays in the seventh slot. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 1B Robert Andino 2B Nolan Reimold LF Josh Bell 3B Tommy Hunter RHP

Worth noting

Four Orioles currently have hitting streaks of at least five games. Vladimir Guerrero (.379, 11-for-29) and Adam Jones (.417, 10-for-24) have hit safely in seven straight games. Robert Andino (.381, 8-for-21) and Nick Markakis (.429, 9-for-21) have hit in five straight games. The Orioles are batting .281 on this road trip and .387 (12-for-31) with runners in scoring position. Brad Bergesen tossed another scoreless inning

Orioles need a local Yocum

When I grow up, I want to be Dr. Lewis Yocum. He's a renowned orthopedist, in case you didn't know. Yocum also has become the personal physician of the Baltimore Orioles. He's the doctor to the scars - elbow, shoulders, etc. In case you're scoring at home, Yocum has removed a bone spur from Jake Arrieta's elbow, inserted an anchor in Dan Klein's shoulder and

Reyes gets through fifth (O's lose 8-3)

Jo-Jo Reyes almost gave up another run with two outs in the fifth inning, but Nick Markakis fielded Erick Aybar's single and threw out Torii Hunter at the plate for his 12th outfield assist. Brad Bergesen was warming in the bullpen and Reyes was probably facing his last batter. The left-hander has allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings, with three walks and

Four runs off Reyes before first out (updated twice)

Jo-Jo Reyes held the Tigers to one run over six innings in his last start. He gave up a run tonight after three batters, and four runs after four batters. The Angels worked Reyes for 34 pitches while taking a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Reyes surrendered a double, single, Howie Kendrick's RBI single and Torii Hunter's three-run homer. Vernon Wells

Guerrero back in cleanup spot (Berken injured)

J.J. Hardy is batting leadoff tonight and Vladimir Guerrero has returned to cleanup. Robert Andino is batting seventh. His name has appeared in the seventh spot once this season, but he doesn't have an official at-bat. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 1B Robert Andino 2B Nolan Reimold LF Josh Bell

Worth noting

Reliever Luis Lebron cleared waivers and was outrighted to short-season Single-A Aberdeen. We get another look at Jo-Jo Reyes tonight, and he gets another look at the Angels on their home field. Back on April 10, Reyes held the Angels to one earned run (three total) and six hits in seven innings, with one walk and six strikeouts. But the Blue Jays lost, 3-1. Reyes

Who's the MVO?

Even the teams with the worst records in baseball name a Most Valuable Player. I think it's the law. In Baltimore, that honor is known as Most Valuable Oriole - or MVO if you'd like to save space. I'm always reminded of the year that the media bestowed that honor upon B.J. Surhoff. Reporters gathered at his locker after a game, seeking his reaction to

Your incremental Davis update

First baseman Chris Davis had his right shoulder examined earlier today by Dr. Lewis Yocum, who has cleared his schedule in case the Orioles need him. Yocum confirmed the original diagnosis that Davis has a small tear in his right shoulder. The plan for now is to have Davis rehab it rather than undergo surgery. Davis was placed on the 15-day disabled list after being

Your incremental Roberts update

I'm not a big fan of incremental updates that don't really advance a story, but it's been a slow day and I feel guilty for posting only one entry, so here's a little something for you. Try to control your breathing and not be overcome by the excitement. Second baseman Brian Roberts made another visit yesterday to Dr. Michael Collins, who's billed as a sports-concussion

This, that and the other

The Orioles have a day off in Anaheim before beginning a three-game series tomorrow night against the Angels. Maybe a few players will head over to Disneyland, which would be an appropriate place for them, considering that (insert your own joke here). The rotation is an absolute mess again, which is reason No. 1 why this season swirled down the drain. Jeremy Guthrie's bothered by

What are we saying about Simon? (Orioles lose 6-5)

In his last three starts, Alfredo Simon has gone 4 2/3, 5 2/3 and 5 1/3 innings. He's allowed four earned runs, four earned runs (six total) and five earned runs (six total). He's also served up four home runs in those three games. Simon will get another loss today unless the Orioles rally from a 6-4 deficit in the eighth inning. He didn't bring

Guerrero seeing doubles (updated twice)

Vladimir Guerrero has collected three doubles in the past two games, the most recent coming today in the first inning. A run scored as Guerrero found another gap in the Athletics' outfield, increasing the Orioles' lead to 2-0 before starter Alfredo Simon had thrown a pitch. Before arriving in Oakland, Guerrero hadn't registered a double since Aug. 4 in Kansas City. He totaled only one

Orioles and Athletics lineups

The Orioles are facing a right-handed pitcher today, Oakland's Brandon McCarthy, but they're leaning heavily to the right with today's lineup, which includes Robert Andino leading off and Nolan Reimold in left field. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Mark Reynolds 1B Nolan Reimold LF Josh Bell 3B Craig Tatum C Alfredo Simon

Facing the Mount Rushmore challenge

I was looking forward to tomorrow's off-day and a little relaxation, or what qualifies in my life, but now I'll be tracking down the results of Chris Davis' visit to orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum. Yes, it's all about me. Davis has a slight tear in his right shoulder and could be facing a shutdown or surgery. If you're Luke Scott or Jake Arrieta, it

For whom the Bell tolls (Matusz done, O's lose 8-4)

Josh Bell has driven in two runs for the second straight night, with his RBI single in the fifth reducing Oakland's lead to 4-3. Robert Andino reached second base with one out after Josh Willingham dropped his fly ball for the Athletics' 100th error of the season. Andino raced home when Bell followed with a single into center field. The Orioles keep pecking away at

Matusz gives up three runs in second (trails 4-1)

Left-hander Brian Matusz followed a scoreless first inning tonight with a messy second that's placed the Orioles in a 3-0 hole. Matusz walked a batter in the first and two more in the second. He gave up an RBI double to Scott Sizemore on an 82 mph changeup, an RBI bloop single to Cliff Pennington on a 76 mph curveball and a bloop RBI double

Britton tunes up for Orioles return

Pitcher Zach Britton, on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder, allowed one run over five innings in tonight's start for Triple-A Norfolk. Britton gave up three hits to Charlotte, walked one and struck out three. He threw 62 pitches, 39 for strikes, before left-hander Mark Hendrickson replaced him in the top of the sixth. Hendrickson promptly surrendered back-to-back home runs that increased Charlotte's

Is Chris Davis done for the year? (new lineup)

The hits just keep coming for the Orioles, and not the good kind. First baseman Chris Davis was scratched from tonight's lineup because of continuing discomfort in his right shoulder, and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail confirmed that the former Ranger has a slight tear. He's scheduled to be examined Thursday by, of course, Dr. Lewis Yocum, who's performed surgery on Jake Arrieta and

Orioles receive some positive news on Klein (Davis scratched)

Orioles pitching prospect Dan Klein underwent surgery today to repair a small tear in his right labrum and to loosen his shoulder capsule. He'll likely begin a throwing program in mid-December and could begin pitching for an affiliate by June 1. Orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum used one anchor to repair the tear. The average amount for a smaller tear is two. "That's good news.

Chris Davis returns to lineup

Chris Davis, who sat out last night's game with a sore right shoulder, is starting at first base tonight. He's avoided the disabled list. For the Orioles: Nolan Reimold LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Chris Davis 1B Robert Andino 2B Brian Matusz LHP For the Athletics: Weeks 2B Crisp CF Matsui

A few things worth noting

A victory in either of the remaining two games of this series would clinch the Orioles' first season series win over the Athletics since 1998, when they went 8-3. Warning: In the last six series where the Orioles won the opening game, they've gone 1-12 in the remaining games. They've won seven series openers on the road this year, including their last four in a

Orioles DFA Lebron

The Orioles have designated reliever Luis Lebron for assignment to make room for pitcher Dylan Bundy on the 40-man roster. Bundy agreed to terms on a major league deal last night shortly before the midnight deadline, so he must be placed on the 40-man. Lebron, 26, missed the 2010 season after undergoing ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in May. He was pitching at short-season

Matusz back on major league mound

Isn't it nice to have the 2011 First-Year Player Draft behind us? No more speculation on who the Orioles will select. No more speculation on who they will sign. It's finally done. I would have settled for the Orioles reaching agreement with Dylan Bundy and one of the other two Top 10 picks - Jason Esposito or Nick Delmonico. Getting all three was a nice

More Bundy, more game (O's win 6-2)

The Orioles gave high school pitcher Dylan Bundy a five-year major league deal that starts in 2012, which requires the club to place him on the 40-man roster. Baseball America's Jim Callis tweeted that Bundy will receive a guaranteed $6.225 million. However, the $4 million signing bonus included in the deal falls $2 million short of Matt Wieters' club record. One more draft note: The

Hunter hanging around (Bundy deal done)

Tommy Hunter gave up two runs, and a lead, in the second inning, but he's giving the Orioles a quality start. Hunter has blanked the Athletics since the second. He's allowed nine hits, walked none and struck out two in six innings. Hunter gets the first two outs and then runs into a little trouble, but nothing he can't handle at the moment. The Orioles

Wieters ends home run drought (Delmonico almost done)

Catcher Matt Wieters is off to a good start tonight in Oakland. Wieters threw out Jemile Weeks trying to steal second base in the bottom of the first inning, and it wasn't even close. Shortstop J.J. Hardy took the throw. put his glove down, picked it back up, pulled out his Blackberry and updated his Facebook status, put his glove back down and let Weeks

Esposito, Roberts and the farm (updated)

The Orioles reached agreement with their second-round pick, Vanderbilt third baseman Jason Esposito. A team official confirmed it a few minutes ago. Esposito is known more for his glove, but he hit .341 with nine homers and 59 RBIs in 65 games. Esposito posted a .405 on-base percentage and .534 slugging percentage. Esposito just tweeted the following (@jasonesposito): "3 of the best years of my

Klein to undergo shoulder surgery (with lineups)

Reliever Dan Klein, widely regarded as the Orioles' top pitching prospect, will undergo exploratory surgery tomorrow in his right shoulder. Klein has a SLAP tear in his right labrum, but the Orioles want to make sure he isn't dealing with other issues, as well. He underwent surgery while at UCLA to clean out the capsule in his rotator cuff area. Klein hasn't pitched since June

Hardy named AL Player of the Week (and note)

The Orioles still get some respect around the league. Shortstop J.J. Hardy was named the AL's Player of the Week for the period ending on Sunday. It's the first time in his career that he's received the award. Hardy is the first Orioles shortstop to be named Player of the Week since Miguel Tejada in 2006. In seven games last week, Hardy batted .323 (10-for-31)

Reynolds second-decked since long home run

Maybe it's a jinx to hit a ball into the second deck at Camden Yards. Rex Hudler never made it into the Hall of Fame, and Mark Reynolds can't make it to first base. Reynolds is 1-for-26 with 12 strikeouts since his 450-foot blast - or his 463-foot blast, depending on who's doing the measuring. Reynolds will try to get untracked tonight against Oakland left-hander

Is Bergesen better off in the bullpen?

As you've learned by now, left-hander Brian Matusz will make tomorrow night's start in Oakland. The other candidate, Brad Bergesen, will be available in the bullpen. Bergesen tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings in his last outing, allowing two hits and enabling the Orioles to make only one roster move for a reliever - right-hander Willie Eyre. In his previous appearance, he gave up one run

Showalter speaks after 8-5 win

The biggest upset today wasn't the Orioles' 8-5 win over the Tigers. It was the sun shining as kids ran the bases at Camden Yards. What happened to that ominous forecast? Let me guess: The front shifted slightly and blah blah blah. Mark Reynolds committed two errors today, giving him 23 and the franchise record for third basemen previously held by Brooks Robinson (21 in

Johnson restores order in 8-5 win

Kevin Gregg faced six batters in the ninth inning and didn't record an out. An 8-1 lead was down to 8-4 as he walked off the mound to a chorus of boos. Three straight singles, two straight walks and another single accounted for three runs. Jim Johnson replaced Gregg and struck out Andy Dirks on three pitches. The fourth run of the inning scored on

Big days for Markakis and Reyes (updated)

Nick Markakis singled in the fifth inning to drive in his third run of the game, and Vladimir Guerrero added a two-run single to increase the Orioles' lead to 6-1. Markakis has his second multi-RBI game since July 18. He hadn't driven in more than two runs since June 10, when he collected six RBIs against Tampa Bay. Guerrero hit into two double plays before

Markakis keeps hit streak alive (updated)

Nick Markakis doesn't have a 33-game hitting streak like Atlanta's Dan Uggla. His achievement won't be chronicled on SportsCenter. The numbers don't hang from the warehouse. However, Markakis has collected a hit in 178 consecutive series, the longest streak in the majors. It was in jeopardy today, as I wrote earlier, but he belted a two-run homer off Tigers starter Doug Fister in the bottom

Britton starting Tuesday in Norfolk (rain update)

I don't have any weather information to pass along. The tarp is off the field and the sun is peeking through the clouds. The forecast is ominous, but the Orioles will try to play this game. A postponement could lead to a Sept. 8 game here, since both teams are off that day. The Orioles have an open date between series in New York and

Orioles lineup against Tigers

Weather permitting, of course. Nolan Reimold is leading off again, with J.J. Hardy batting second. For the Orioles: Nolan Reimold LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Mark Reynolds 3B Chris Davis 1B Craig Tatum C Robert Andino 2B Jo-Jo Reyes LHP

Showalter speaks after 6-5 loss

The Orioles will lose another series, no matter what happens tomorrow afternoon - including a possible postponement because of rain. They're 0-12-1 in their last 13 series. The Orioles have lost five one-run games on this homestand after being 10-1 in one-run games at Camden Yards. Tonight's defeat lowers the Orioles' record to 45-72, putting them on pace for 100 losses. Buck Showalter meets with

Five-run lead and Guthrie disappear (Hobgood update)

Jeremy Guthrie receives the ninth-lowest run support in the American League at 3.58 per game, so handing him a 5-0 lead is like giving a starving man the crumbs off Peter Schmuck's shirt. Guthrie couldn't handle prosperity tonight. The Tigers scored once in the fourth inning to reduce the lead to 5-1, and six straight batters reached base with two outs to put Detroit ahead,

Still scoreless after one inning (Guerrero, B. Davis homer)

Jeremy Guthrie needed only six pitches to dispose of the Tigers in the top of the first inning. He got two fly balls to center fielder Adam Jones sandwiched around a pop up to first baseman Chris Davis. The Orioles also were retired in order in the bottom of the first, but that's considered progress. They've been outscored, 87-38, in the first inning this year.

Closer look at the lineup

The Orioles had to cut short their batting practice session because of the rain. The tarp is going on the field. The weather won't make it easy for the Orioles to hold their Hall of Fame ceremonies. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:30 p.m. Bring a towel. Third baseman Mark Reynolds isn't in the starting lineup, but it's not because he's

Updates on Matusz, Britton and bullpen coach

The Orioles haven't made an official announcement on Tuesday's starter, but left-hander Brian Matusz has a bullpen session today in Charlotte and is scheduled to meet the club tomorrow at Camden Yards before taking the charter to Oakland. Left-hander Zach Britton threw in the bullpen here today and will start Monday or Tuesday at Single-A Frederick. The Orioles wanted to give him an extra work

Matusz to make Tuesday start (with lineup)

As expected, the Orioles will recall Brian Matusz to make Tuesday night's start in Oakland. The decision came down to Matusz or reliever Brad Bergesen, who has been valuable coming out of the bullpen. He's allowed one run in his last two appearances covering 7 1/3 innings. Matusz is coming off a five-hit shutout of Lehigh Valley on Thursday. In his last three starts for

How low should Hardy go?

The Orioles are a season-worst 26 games below .500, but who's counting? I completely forgot to pass along reliever Willie Eyre's uniform number yesterday when I first entered the clubhouse. He wore No. 50, which you probably noticed if you watched the game. Chris Davis produced three great plays at first base last night. He made a diving stop of Victor Martinez's smash along the

More clubhouse chatter

Adam Jones nearly tied the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, but center fielder Austin Jackson made a leaping catch at the fence to take away a home run. "I've done it before to people, so I know the feeling," Jones said. "A hell of a play. He's turned himself into a one of the best center fielders in the game. I'm a

Showalter speaks after 5-4 loss

Tonight's attendance: 21,465 Alfredo Simon allowed a career-high 11 hits in only 4 2/3 innings. He's given up 10 runs (eight earned) and 20 hits in his last two starts covering 9 2/3 innings. Manager Buck Showalter offered the following assessment of tonight's outing: "Just inconsistent. He didn't have much command. I think we gave up 19 or 20 baserunners. We were real lucky to

The Eyre up there (O's lose 5-4)

I've been saving that one. Willie Eyre made his Orioles debut tonight, relieving left-hander Troy Patton with two runners on base and one out in the top of the eighth. The Tigers were looking to build on their 5-4 lead. Eyre was looking to make a good first impression. He made a great one. Eyre kept pumping four-seam fastballs, and he escaped the jam by

Hardy homer notes and Guerrero's RBI (updated)

Shortstop J.J. Hardy has produced his third multi-homer game of the season and the seventh of his career. Bat him first. Bat him second. Just keep him in the lineup. Hardy took Tigers starter Brad Penny deep again in the bottom of the fifth inning to reduce Detroit's lead to 4-3. Adam Jones doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Vladimir Guerrero,

Good news on Arrieta (updated twice)

Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta underwent successful surgery today to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum handled the procedure in California. A team official said Arrieta is expected to be full-go for spring training, which is why it made sense for the pitcher to undergo surgery now instead of waiting until after the season or relying on cortisone injections

Stringing along the Orioles again in the first (updated twice)

Last night, the Chicago White Sox began their assault on Orioles starter Chris Tillman in the first inning by stringing together a single, home run, double, double and double. Tillman was behind, 4-0, before recording his first out. One night later, Orioles starter Alfredo Simon retired the first Detroit Tigers batter he faced before issuing a walk and allowing three consecutive singles. Fortunately for Simon,

More notes and Showalter quotes

A line drive from Robert Andino in batting practice struck Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque in the head, creating a frightening scene here at Camden Yards. Alburquerque went down hard and was kicking his legs while players from both teams and members of the Tigers training staff gathered around him. Alburquerque left the field on a cart and was taken to a nearby hospital for a

A few pregame notes (and Tigers lineup)

The Orioles made their roster move official about an hour ago. Reliever Willie Eyre's contract was purchased from Triple-A Norfolk, and pitcher Jake Arrieta was placed on the 60-day disabled list to create room on the 40-man roster. The club still hasn't received any information on Arrieta's surgery today to remove a bone spur from his elbow. Second baseman Brian Roberts worked out in Sarasota,

Reimold leading off tonight

The Orioles have a new leadoff hitter tonight: left fielder Nolan Reimold. Shortstop J.J. Hardy is batting second, and Vladimir Guerrero moves down to fifth. For the Orioles: Nolan Reimold LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Mark Reynolds 3B Matt Wieters C Chris Davis 1B Robert Andino 2B Alfredo Simon RHP

Second to none (Brian's Bash canceled)

I'll pass along new reliever Willie Eyre's uniform number as soon as I get it. That will be my first order of business today. With Chris Tillman optioned last night, the Orioles will need a starter for Tuesday's game in Oakland after Tommy Hunter takes the mound for the series-opener on Monday. Brian Matusz would be working on normal rest and he's coming off his

Showalter talks about Tillman

Manager Buck Showalter began his postgame session with the media by talking about Chris Tillman's poor performance in a 6-3 loss to the White Sox. It wasn't until about halfway through that he mentioned a roster move. Tillman was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, and Showalter said a reliever would fill the roster spot. He didn't mention anyone by name, but it's Willie Eyre. Tillman allowed

Tillman optioned to Norfolk

The Orioles optioned starter Chris Tillman to Triple-A Norfolk after tonight's 6-3 loss to the White Sox at Camden Yards. Chris Tillman talks with reporters after picking up the loss and being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk Tillman allowed six runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings, raising his ERA to 5.52. It was a disappointing follow-up to his last start, when he held the

Bergesen restores order (O's lose 6-3)

Brad Bergesen replaced ineffective starter Chris Tillman in the third inning and gave the Orioles a fighting chance. Bergesen shut out the White Sox on two hits over 4 1/3 innings, with one walk and no strikeouts. He threw 48 pitches, 33 for strikes. In his previous outing, Bergesen held the Blue Jays to one run and three hits over three innings, with no walks

Markakis hits home run and century mark

The Orioles are trying to get back into this game. J.J. Hardy singled with two outs in the third inning to score Nolan Reimold, who reached on a ground-rule double, and Nick Markakis followed with his 100th career home run. The ball landed on the flag court in right field. Estimated distance: 368 feet. White Sox 6, Orioles 3 Markakis' last home run came July

Tillman's terrible first inning (updated)

In his last start, Chris Tillman held the Blue Jays to two runs and four hits over seven innings in a 6-2 victory at Camden Yards. In tonight's start, the first five White Sox's batters strung together a single, home run, double, double and double. So much for building momentum. Tillman was down 4-0 before recording his first out on his 20th pitch of the

Eyre next man up? (updated)

The Orioles apparently are on the verge of purchasing reliever Willie Eyre's contract from Triple-A Norfolk. Eyre isn't heading to Baltimore at this moment, but I'm anticipating another roster move within the next day or two. Update: The Orioles could announce Eyre's promotion after tonight's game or before tomorrow's series-opener against the Tigers. The club could choose to send down a reliever or a position

Showalter talks about Matusz

No matter how hard the media tries, manager Buck Showalter is not going to provide a timetable for left-hander Brian Matusz's return to the Orioles. Showalter said it wouldn't be "shocking" if Matusz was recalled before rosters expand on Sept. 1, but he's not looking to heighten expectations and place additional pressure on the young southpaw. "If everybody feels like he's ready to come back,

Guerrero cleaning up again

Vladimir Guerrero has returned to the lineup and will bat fourth. J.J. Hardy returns to the leadoff spot. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Chris Davis 1B Nolan Reimold LF Robert Andino 2B Chris Tillman RHP

Quick Matusz update (last update)

Left-hander Brian Matusz appeared to take another big step forward in his eventual return to the Orioles' rotation. I say "appeared" because I don't have a scouting report from today's start against Lehigh Valley. But Matusz has blanked the Iron Pigs - yes, I just wrote that - on five hits over seven innings, with one walk, eight strikeouts and two hit batters. Matusz has

Talking about Arrieta, the lineup and Berken

The first 10,000 fans 15 and older who attend tonight's game will receive a Jake Arrieta T-shirt. Yes, I know, a Brian Matusz bobblehead and a Jake Arrieta T-shirt. I can't wait for Jake Fox Photo Night. Before you ask, the Arrieta bobblehead doesn't come with a little bone spur or a sling or a tiny Dr. Yocum. I've heard 'em all. Well, feel free

Reimold talks about his walk-off

Nolan Reimold hadn't homered since July 26 before tonight's big swing off White Sox reliever Jason Frasor. Reimold was hitless in four at-bats tonight before stepping to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning. He ended up with a pretty sweet 1-for-5. "I was just trying to be relaxed," he said. "I was 0-for-4 at that point. Just relax and not be tense.

Showalter speaks after 6-4 win

Nolan Reimold ended tonight's game with one out in the 10th inning by launching a ball 430 feet into the visiting bullpen. "Good for Nolan," manager Buck Showalter said after the Orioles' 6-4 win. "Put a good swing on it. You could tell he had little approach there, what he was looking for, and he didn't miss it. "I think he just missed a ball

Jones answers Hardy (Reimold walk-off HR)

Shortstop J.J. Hardy hit his 21st home run in the first inning to break a tie with Adam Jones for second place on the team behind Mark Reynolds (26). Jones homered in the fifth to create another tie. Talk about a short-lived lead. At least the Orioles have held one since the first inning. Jones' homer, measured at 405 feet, increased the Orioles' lead to

Another hearty helping of Hardy homers (updated)

J.J. Hardy is batting second tonight. He's mostly been leading off. He'd move down to ninth if manager Buck Showalter preferred it. Hardy doesn't care where he hits. The results are pretty much the same anyway. Hardy homered again tonight, connecting off White Sox starter Philip Humber with one out and the count full in the first inning. The ball traveled an estimated distance of

Bell awaiting results of MRI

Third baseman Josh Bell underwent an MRI today that he hopes will explain the source of the pain in his left side that's been bothering him for about three months. Bell said he's been dealing with a sore muscle that's located in the "oblique area." The discomfort intensifies when he's immobile and has been interrupting his sleep. "It feels like somebody is sitting on top

Updating Guerrero, Arrieta, Britton and more

Manager Buck Showalter told reporters today that he's letting Vladimir Guerrero "freshen up" and expects the veteran to be in the lineup tomorrow night. Guerrero is 1-for-18 on this homestand and has two home runs since July 6. Asked whether Guerrero would be the cleanup hitter tomorrow night, Showalter replied, "More than likely." But he didn't make any promises. Guerrero is 13-for-36 (.361) lifetime against

New leadoff and cleanup hitters tonight

Felix Pie is batting first tonight as part of a revamped lineup. J.J. Hardy drops down to second. Adam Jones is batting cleanup, and Vladimir Guerrero is taking a seat on the bench. For the Orioles: Felix Pie LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Chris Davis 1B Nolan Reimold DH Robert Andino 2B Tommy Hunter

Who cleans up mess in fourth slot?

Need a reason to feel optimistic about tonight's game? Tommy Hunter has made one career start against the White Sox, back on July 3, 2010, and he held them to one run over seven innings. Adam Jones collected his 70th RBI last night in the Orioles' 113th game, putting him on pace for 100 RBIs this season. He would become the third center fielder in

More clubhouse chatter

Nick Markakis was in the middle of two crucial moments in tonight's game. If you've been following along, you know that he broke back toward second base on Vladimir Guerrero's one-out single into center field in the fourth inning. He also was incorrectly called out attempting to steal third base in the fifth inning. He'll first address his reaction to Guerrero's single: "That's a line

Showalter returns for postgame media session

Manager Buck Showalter was ejected by third base umpire Phil Cuzzi in the fifth inning tonight, but he still handled the postgame session with the media. He didn't shower, dress and leave the ballpark. Cuzzi missed the call on Nick Markakis, who clearly beat Brent Morel's tag. "It's one of those things. It's unfortunate," Showalter said. "You can usually go back to three or four

That's why Pie is in the lineup (Showalter ejected)

I pointed out this morning that Felix Pie was 7-for-12 lifetime against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd. Make it 8-for-13. Pie has walked and singled tonight, and he helped to fuel a three-run fifth inning that reduced Chicago's lead to 4-3. Matt Wieters, Pie and Robert Andino strung together hits to load the bases with no outs. Station-to-station worked in this case. Wieters scored on

Reyes blending into rotation (and exiting game)

If you want to be one of the guys here, you've got to give up runs with two outs. That's especially true if you're part of the rotation. Jo-Jo Reyes, making his first start with the Orioles, retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Paul Konerko worked Reyes for nine of the left-hander's 16 pitches before lining to left field.

Pregame notes

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed that he's considered moving Vladimir Guerrero out of the cleanup spot, in case anyone thought the idea hadn't crossed his mind. "Obviously, he hasn't been as productive as you'd like to see from a guy hitting in that spot in the order," Showalter said. Showalter has a few candidates in mind, though he's not giving away names. If he had

Chris Davis back in lineup

First baseman Chris Davis is back in the lineup tonight and batting fifth against White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Chris Davis 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Matt Wieters C Felix Pie LF Robert Andino 2B Jo-Jo Reyes LHP

Looking back and ahead (with note)

The first 15 Orioles were retired Saturday night. The first nine were retired Sunday afternoon. The first six were retired last night. That's what I call progress. The Orioles are getting off to slow starts. That's the point I'm trying to make here. And the second inning has really been a sinkhole. The Orioles are 0-for-33 in the second inning over their last 10 games

More clubhouse chatter

J.J. Hardy: "It's frustrating. We battled back, we took the lead. They got a couple of hits there, I think, it was the eighth, that brought them back the lead. A couple of broken-bat bloopers fell in. That's just bad luck and frustrating. Anytime we're up in the eighth inning, I feel like we've got a pretty good shot. J.J. (Jim Johnson) has been unbelievable

Showalter speaks after 7-6 loss

Manager Buck Showalter didn't bury third baseman Josh Bell or center fielder Adam Jones during his postgame session with the media. Not that I expected him to do it. Bell committed an error and failed to make a play in the decisive eighth inning that allowed the go-ahead run to score. Jones made a poor throw that put the go-ahead run in scoring position before

Hardy homer notes (O's lose, 7-6)

Tonight's attendance: 17,498 J.J. Hardy smacked a three-run homer off White Sox reliever Jesse Crain in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Orioles a 6-5 lead and set up Jeremy Guthrie for his sixth win. Matt Wieters doubled off John Danks for his third hit tonight, and he reached third base after sliding into Gordon Beckham's glove and jarring the ball loose.

Extra, extra: O's trail 4-2

The White Sox have six hits off Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie through two innings tonight. Five of them have gone for extra bases. Paul Konerko doubled with two outs in the first inning, but he was stranded. Then the floodgates opened. A.J. Pierzynski led off the second with a 394-foot home run. Alex Rios, batting .215 before tonight, doubled to left field and scored on

Roster move official: Izturis to DL

The Orioles placed infielder Cesar Izturis on the 15-day disabled list today with a left groin strain. The move was announced a few minutes ago. Reliever Jason Berken has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to take Izturis' spot on the 25-man roster. Izturis is making his second trip to the disabled list. He also was sidelined May 13 to Aug. 5 with a right elbow

Davis updates Davis (with Chisox lineup)

Chris Davis really wanted to start at first base tonight. Here's how much: "I've tried," he said. "I literally actually put my name in the lineup before anybody else did and when I came back, it said I was pitching, so I moved it back out of the lineup. I would love to pitch, but I just don't want to subject these guys to that."

Berken headed to Baltimore, and other updates

The Orioles have summoned reliever Jason Berken from Triple-A Norfolk, and he could be officially recalled if the club decides to place infielder Cesar Izturis on the 15-day disabled list. Izturis left yesterday's game in the fifth inning with a strained left groin, and he's "probably a little more sore" today, according to manager Buck Showalter. It's possible that a roster move will be announced

Chris Davis remains out of lineup

Shortstop J.J. Hardy has returned to the lineup after leaving Thursday night's game with a sore left ankle, but first baseman Chris Davis remains on the bench with a sore right shoulder. I'll pass along an update after manager Buck Showalter meets with reporters around 4 p.m. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Mark Reynolds 1B

This, that and the other

Despite all the issues swirling around the Orioles, it's still hard to believe that they haven't won a series since June 24-26 against the Reds. You'd think it might happen by accident. They've got four games coming against the White Sox beginning tonight. A split doesn't count. It's got to be at least three out of four. We might have another roster move today, depending

Reynolds tape-measuring his words on long homer

As you know by now, Mark Reynolds' 450-foot blast into the second deck tied for the sixth-longest home run in the 20-year history of Camden Yards. Here's a partial list: Darryl Strawberry, 465, 6/17/98 Pedro Munoz, 463, 5/25/96 Jeffrey Hammonds, 460, 9/15/97 Mo Vaughn, 457, 7/796 Eric Davis, 452, 9/26/93 Mark Reynolds, 450, 8/7/11 Juan Gonzalez, 450, 7/26/92 Manny Ramirez, 450, 8/14/95 Russell Branyan, 450,

Showalter speaks after 7-2 loss

The Orioles are 0-9-2 in their last 11 series after today's 7-2 loss to the Blue Jays. They haven't won a series since June 24-26 against the Reds. Buck Showalter meets with the media to speak about the O's 7-2 loss to the Jays "It's frustrating because it's something that, we'd like to win all three," manager Buck Showalter said. "Where we are, we need

For Reynolds, second deck was in the cards

This just in: Mark Reynolds has sick power. Reynolds hit his second home run today, and the ball traveled an estimated 450 feet into the second deck in left field. Reynolds tied for the sixth-longest homer in Camden Yards history. It's the second-longest hit by an Oriole. Jeffrey Hammonds launched a ball 460 feet on Sept. 15, 1997 in Game 1 of a doubleheader against

Simon gone, Bergesen in, Reyes for Tuesday

I'm speculating about the last part because the Orioles haven't announced it, but Brad Bergesen is no longer an option to start Tuesday night because he replaced Alfredo Simon today, and Jo-Jo Reyes is leaning against the dugout railing. Reyes isn't an option to pitch in relief today or he'd be, you know, sitting in the bullpen. Simon gave up six runs (four earned) and

Orioles facing perfection again (Izturis injured)

Brandon Morrow retired the first 15 Orioles he faced last night. Ricky Romero has retired the first nine Orioles today. Romero has struck out three batters. He's let two balls out of the infield. He's disposed of the Orioles in 27 pitches. He also has a 2-0 lead after Jose Bautista poked a two-run double down the right field line in the third inning. Both

Hardy and Davis talk about their injuries

Shortstop J.J. Hardy didn't reveal much about the CT scan taken yesterday on his left ankle, other than to say the news was good. Hardy isn't avoiding the topic. It's just a little confusing. He doesn't have swelling in the ankle and it doesn't always bother him. It's been somewhat of a mystery. "It was good news, definitely," he said. "Nothing wrong with the bone

Reyes the frontrunner to make Tuesday's start

Nothing is official, but left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes threw in the bullpen today in preparation for Tuesday night's start against the White Sox. Reyes took a work day after failing to pitch in last night's 6-2 victory over the Blue Jays. He'd be ready to start Tuesday if he isn't needed in relief over these next two games. Brad Bergesen appears to be the other in-house

Orioles lineup against Toronto

So much for a left-handed lineup against Blue Jays southpaw Ricky Romero. For the Orioles: Robert Andino SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Mark Reynolds 1B Nolan Reimold LF Craig Tatum C Josh Bell 3B Cesar Izturis 2B

Hardy and Davis out of lineup

Manager Buck Showalter hasn't posted his lineup for today's series-finale against the Blue Jays, but shortstop J.J. Hardy and first baseman Chris Davis won't be in it. The CT scan on Hardy's left ankle and the MRI on Davis' right shoulder didn't reveal anything that brings long-term concerns to the Orioles. Both players say they hope to return to the lineup tomorrow. Hardy will try

Showalter speaks after 6-2 win

Chris Tillman got the bulk of the attention tonight after the Orioles' 6-2 win over the Blue Jays, which seemed to make the most sense. It all starts with starting pitching, as I'm sure you've heard. "I was real proud of Chris tonight," said manager Buck Showalter. "You think of all the challenges for a young pitcher. He's had six days, and the rain. In

Jones reaches career high in homers (O's win 6-2)

When Brandon Morrow loses a perfect game, he really loses it. Nolan Reimold singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth, Blake Davis singled with one out and Reimold scored on shortstop Yunel Escobar's error. Nick Markakis popped up for the second out, but Adam Jones followed with a three-run homer on the flagcourt in right field. Orioles 4, Blue Jays 2. Jones has

Updating Tillman and Matusz (again)

Because we like to pair them together. Chris Tillman is pumping 94 mph fastballs at the Toronto Blue Jays. More important, they're not making much contact against him. Tillman has allowed one run, on Colby Rasmus' first homer with the Blue Jays, in four innings. He's allowed two hits, walked none and struck out five. He's thrown 47 pitches, 31 for strikes. Tillman struck out

Game set to start at 8:15 p.m. (updated)

The tarp is off the field, but not entirely. It's been folded back to the outfield grass. The mound and home plate remain covered. We're told that the game will start at 8:15 p.m. It will probably be delayed again. The forecast is awful. Down on the farm, Brian Matusz has thrown two scoreless innings for Triple-A Norfolk, allowing two hits and striking out one.

Speculating on Tuesday's starter (tarp's off field)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter hasn't made a final decision on Tuesday night's starter against the White Sox at Camden Yards, but the prime candidates are relievers Jo-Jo Reyes and Brad Bergesen. There are several factors to consider, including how much Showalter uses them out of the bullpen over the weekend. Showalter is hoping to get Reyes into tonight's game to give the left-hander some work,

Bad night to be missing Hardy and Davis (O's lineup)

The Orioles really need J.J. Hardy's CT scan on his left ankle to come back clean, and Chris Davis' MRI on his right shoulder to bring the same positive result. It wouldn't matter who was pitching for the opposition, but consider that Hardy is 2-for-3 with two homers and three RBIs lifetime against Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow, and Davis is 2-for-4 with a double,

Griffin on Matusz

We'll find out later today whether shortstop J.J. Hardy and first baseman Chris Davis can avoid the disabled list and get back into the lineup. Hardy will have a CT scan on his left ankle. Davis will have an MRI on his right shoulder. Manager Buck Showalter will have more challenges filling out his lineup card. Will he need another shortstop and leadoff hitter tonight?

Let's hear from Davis and Hunter

That's Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter, not Blake Davis and Jim Hunter. And not Geena Davis and Luke Scott, who's an avid hunter. Chris Davis discussed his shoulder injury that will require an MRI tomorrow. Apparently, it happened in the bedroom. Don't let your imaginations run wild. "It was just a few nights ago," he said. "I slept funny with my arm above my head,

Showalter expands on injuries

The "manager's decision" to scratch Chris Davis was made because of the first baseman's sore right shoulder, not for disciplinary reasons. "Right shoulder," manager Buck Showalter said. "He came in today and Richie (Bancells) has been playing with his shoulder. He's getting an MRI on it tomorrow, around 1:45. J.J. (Hardy) is going to get, I think, a CT scan on his ankle. "Chris tried

Rally falls short in 5-4 loss (injury updates)

The Orioles grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Adam Jones' two-run homer, but new starter Tommy Hunter gave up two runs in the second and two more in the third. The Blue Jays never trailed from that point, winning the first game of this series, 5-4, before 18,770 on Fireworks Night at Camden Yards. Robert Andino singled off Jon Rauch with two

Talking about Hunter, Bundy and Rupe (and Patton)

Tommy Hunter's first start of the 2011 season ended after four innings. Hunter allowed four runs and eight hits, with no walks and one strikeout. He threw 78 pitches, 40 for strikes. The defense behind Hunter wasn't particularly sharp, but neither was Hunter. Bobby Bundy lasted two innings tonight at Double-A Bowie. He allowed five runs (two earned) and six hits, with two walks, one

Talking about Jones, Davis and Connor (and 4-2 deficit)

Adam Jones just tied his career high in home runs with his 19th tonight, a two-run shot that gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Jones also hit 19 homers the past two seasons. Blue Jays left-hander Brad Mills didn't locate a changeup, and Jones drove the ball an estimated 384 feet into the left field seats after Nick

Britton to DL, Erbe DFA

The Orioles placed pitcher Zach Britton on the 15-day disabled list tonight with a strained left shoulder. Infielder Cesar Izturis will take Britton's spot on the 25-man roster. Britton allowed six runs (four earned) and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings last night in the Orioles' 9-4 loss to the Royals. The rookie is 6-9 with a 4.66 ERA in 20 starts, with 122 hits,

Davis scratched from lineup

First baseman Chris Davis has been scratched from tonight's lineup. Mark Reynolds moves to first base and Josh Bell goes to third. Davis had an ice pack on his right shoulder earlier today. Bell won't be the corresponding roster move for Cesar Izturis. It looks like Blake Davis also is staying. Could J.J. Hardy be headed to the disabled list? More to come. For the

Bordick talks about going to bullpen (Bundy takes physical)

Former shortstop Mike Bordick begins his stint as interim bullpen coach tonight. "I'm looking at this as an opportunity to learn more about the game, that side of the game," he said. "It'll help when I go back down to the minor leagues. Maybe I can interject something to some pitchers, some stuff that I've learned from these guys. That's the way I'm looking at

Bell expected to be optioned

The Orioles are expected to option third baseman Josh Bell to Triple-A Norfolk later today if infielder Cesar Izturis gets through pregame workouts without any issues. Izturis took the field with infield coach Willie Randolph while manager Buck Showalter met with the media. The Orioles will have to make room on the 40-man roster for Izturis, who will come off the 60-day disabled list. Team

Hardy out of lineup, Izturis in it

Robert Andino is starting at shortstop and batting first tonight against the Blue Jays. We can assume that Cesar Izturis has been activated, because he's starting at second base. For the Orioles: Robert Andino SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Mark Reynolds 3B Matt Wieters C Chris Davis 1B Nolan Reimold LF Cesar Izturis 2B Tommy Hunter RHP

While waiting for the lineup ...

It may be a while before manager Buck Showalter posts his lineup for tonight's series-opener against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Showalter will need to check the availability of shortstop J.J. Hardy, who's having his sore left ankle examined by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens. We're also waiting for the Orioles to announce Cesar Izturis' activation from the disabled list and the corresponding roster

Griffin on Tillman

The Orioles will recall Chris Tillman from Triple-A Norfolk to make tomorrow night's start against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. A shortage of candidates for the rotation requires the Orioles to have short memories. Tillman was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after Game 1 of last Saturday's doubleheader in New York, part of the weekend craziness that included two trades and the Yankees' 12-run first

Game gets out of hand in sixth (O's lose 9-4)

The hits just kept coming against Zach Britton tonight. Twelve, to be exact. Britton left the game in the sixth inning with the score tied, 4-4, and two runners on base. Billy Butler grounded a single into left field off reliever Jim Johnson, and Alex Gordon raced home with the go-ahead run. It got worse. Buck Showalter speaks with Jim Hunter about Britton's second outing

Hardy hits century mark

J.J. Hardy hit the 100th home run of his career tonight, and it enabled the Orioles to tie the Royals, 3-3, in the fifth inning. Hardy led off the inning with his 19th homer of the season, a drive to left field off Kansas City southpaw Jeff Francis. Francis had retired Hardy twice before that at-bat, leaving the Orioles' shortstop in a 2-for-26 slump. The

Bordick to the bullpen (Britton to the 2nd inning)

Former shortstop Mike Bordick will take over as interim bullpen coach during the upcoming homestand that begins tomorrow night against the Blue Jays. Bordick currently serves as the Orioles' coordinator of offensive fundamentals, though he's also known to work with the infielders. Don Werner, who took over for Rick Adair, will resume his duties as minor league catching instructor. Maybe you'll get a turn before

Orioles lineup against Royals

Left-hander Zach Britton will try to complete the first inning tonight for the first time in his last three major league starts. Britton has allowed 17 runs (13 earned) and 13 hits, with three walks, in one inning over his two previous starts with the Orioles. He was optioned to Double-A Bowie in between those outings in Boston and New York. For the Orioles: J.J.

A few more minutes with Cal Ripken

I'm pretty sure you'll find Nolan Reimold in the lineup tonight against Kansas City's Jeff Francis. Reimold is 3-for-3 with two home runs against him. Count on it. Mark Reynolds is 10-for-25 with two doubles against Francis. Adam Jones is 3-for-5. J.J. Hardy is 3-for-12 with two doubles. He could use a few hits tonight. Hardy is in a 2-for-24 slump. It's also a 5-for-33

A few minutes with Cal Ripken

Because they're pretty much involved in everything these days, it comes as no surprise that Cal and Billy Ripken are lending their names and a hand to the 2011 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game that's being played Aug. 13 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. This is the fourth year that Under Armour and Baseball Factory have collaborated to present the game, which showcases the country's

The remnants of a 6-2 loss

Jeremy Guthrie survived the non-waiver trade deadline, but not the Kansas City Royals. Guthrie had a quality start in his back pocket, but Billy Butler's three-run homer in the seventh inning completed the scoring in the Royals 6-2 victory over the Orioles. Guthrie was charged with six runs and eight hits in seven innings. Buck Showalter talks with Jim Hunter about the Orioles' 6-2 loss

Reyes replaces Hendrickson, O's lineup

The Orioles added left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes to the 25-man roster for tonight's game in Kansas City. To make room, they have optioned veteran left-hander Mark Hendrickson to Triple-A Norfolk. Hendrickson is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in seven appearances, with 13 hits, six walks and five strikeouts in 10 innings. Left-hander Troy Patton's hearing in Texas was postponed until later this month, so he remains

More roster moves coming (Bundy and Hoes honored)

It seems like I've written that title more than once this season. And this week. What time is it? Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes is joining the Orioles and the bullpen today in Kansas City. He'll likely take the roster spot of left-hander Troy Patton, who's leaving the team to attend a hearing in Texas related to his DWI arrest over the winter. The Orioles most likely

Rotating names in a rudderless rotation

I hustled over to the gym between games of Saturday's doubleheader and news broke of the Koji Uehara trade. I brought my laptop with me and did my writing and made my phone calls from Triangle Fitness. I went to the gym yesterday, pulled into my parking spot and received an e-mail from the Orioles detailing the Jo-Jo Reyes waiver claim, Justin Duchscherer's release, Brad

Simon taking care of business tonight (Reynolds, Davis homer)

LJ Hoes has homered in both ends of Double-A Bowie's doubleheader tonight, giving him six in the last eight days. Hoes hit a three-run shot in Game 2, giving him 41 RBIs. Cesar Izturis had the game-winning RBI in Game 1. Maybe they'll have a bobblehead night for him at Prince George's Stadium. Mark Reynolds joins the O's Xtra crew to talk about his five-RBI

Arrieta to DL? (with note)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Kansas City this evening that pitcher Jake Arrieta will see renowned orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum on Aug. 10 because of recurring discomfort in his right elbow. Arrieta was skipped in the rotation earlier this season because of inflammation related to a bone spur. Apparently, he's now dealing with a fibrous mass that could force him to the disabled

Orioles and Royals lineups

Chris Davis makes his second start for the Orioles. He's been lowered to seventh in the order against Royals left-hander Bruce Chen. For the Orioles: J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Vladimir Guerrero DH Mark Reynolds 3B Matt Wieters C Chris Davis 1B Nolan Reimold LF Robert Andino 2B Alfredo Simon RHP Jones is hitting .342 with five homers and 17 RBIs

More on Reyes and Norfolk update

Newly signed left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes will report to the Orioles tomorrow. He was scheduled to pitch against them Thursday in Toronto, but the Blue Jays designated him for assignment. Right-handers are batting .314 against Reyes in his career. Left-handers are batting .260. Reyes has a career ERA of 6.69 in April, 4.95 in May, 4.66 in June, 8.94 in July, 7.24 in August and 5.14

Orioles add lefty Reyes on waiver claim (updated)

The Orioles have claimed left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes on waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Reyes, 26, went 5-8 with a 5.40 ERA in 20 starts for the Blue Jays this season. He spent parts of the previous four seasons with the Atlanta Braves. In 61 career major league games (57 starts), Reyes is 10-23 with a 6.04 ERA in 304 innings. To make room for

It's a boy!

Pitcher Brad Bergesen and his wife, Shea, are the proud parents of a boy named Parker Steven, who was born yesterday at 12:57 p.m. Parker weighs in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces and is 21.5 inches long. Everyone is doing well, according to a team official. No word on whether Parker throws right-handed or left-handed, or whether he can hold runners. And no, pitching coach

Talking starters, Hoes and Jones

So Derrek Lee is traded to Pittsburgh and he hits two home runs in his debut. Of course he does. Trade Felix Pie and watch him win the Triple Crown. Deal Kevin Gregg and watch him have a 1-2-3 inning. The Orioles are back on the field tonight, and that means more roster moves are coming. New pitcher Tommy Hunter will be added to the

More on Matusz's start last night

Left-hander Brian Matusz allowed three runs over seven innings last night for Triple-A Norfolk, with six hits, two walks, one strikeout and two home runs in the Tides' 6-5, 13-inning loss to Columbus. He threw 92 pitches, 59 for strikes. Those are the raw numbers, which I passed along last night. Here's more: Matusz's fastball was mostly 88-89 mph and topped out at 91, which

Things we need to find out

What's the best way to approach a new month? If you're the Orioles, you don't play. Take a day off. Regroup. Try to find five capable starters for your rotation. Try to read the name "Davis" on the back of the first baseman's jersey without thinking of Glenn. Now that the non-waiver deadline smoke has cleared, we can look forward to the August trade speculation.

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